The affect of playing in Europe during midweek on Premier League performances at the weekend has been discussed for a long time, and the ‘Champions League Hangover’ is far from a new phenomenon. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been involved in Champions League action this week and will have to guard against being caught out by so called ‘lesser’ teams in the Premiership. If ever there was a weekend where the ‘Champions League Hangover’ would strike, this would be the one.
On paper Tottenham, Chelsea and Man United all have three easy games at home in the Premier League. But then how often have we heard that said only for a team to slip up? Spurs in particular aren’t adverse to slipping on a banana skin and as the pundits are always at pains to say, there are no easy games in the Premier League.
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Three points are essential for Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham in order to stop their season from petering out. A Champions League qualification spot is still up for grabs and they cannot afford to let Manchester City or Chelsea get away from them. Chelsea themselves would like to get some more breathing space between them and Tottenham, and face bottom of the table Wigan at Stamford Bridge. Finally, although Fulham have been something of a ‘bogey team’ for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men over the years, you can’t look past another three points at Old Trafford for the Red Devils.
However, do you think the ‘Champions League Hangover’ will strike again this weekend? It’s 25/1 with bet365 that the three teams in Champions League action during midweek drop 7-9 Premier League points between them at the weekend. bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth says “All three are odds-on at home, and will be expected to win, but their exertions in midweek could have taken a lot out of them.” You can also get odds of 4/6 on 0-2 points being dropped, 9/4 on 3-4 points and 9/2 on 5-6 points. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
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